American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wandering minstrel, poet, or entertainer in medieval England and France.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medieval France, and in England under the Norman kings, a minstrel who went from place to place singing songs, generally of his own composition and to his own accompaniment; later, a mountebank.
- n. An itinerant entertainer in medieval England and France; roles included song, music, acrobatics etc.; a troubadour.
- n. A juggler; a conjurer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In the Middle Ages, a court attendant or other person who, for hire, recited or sang verses, usually of his own composition. See Troubadour.
- n. A juggler; a conjuror. See Juggler.
- n. a singer of folk songs
- Borrowing from French jongleur. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, variant of jogleor, from Latin ioculātor, jester, from ioculārī, to jest; see juggle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Every voice in the town declared confidently that the jongleur was the guilty man, and had successfully hidden his plunder before he was sighted and pursued.”
“You may be certain of it, the jongleur is your man. ”
“A jongleur was a singer who was not a poet, though he might make songs.”
“This class of sorcerers were met with by the Jesuit Fathers early in the seventeenth century, and referred to under various designations, such as jongleur, magicien, consulteur du manitou, etc.”
“Rojer, on the other hand, is an apprentice jongleur who struggles to make a living for himself and his fallen-from-grace drunken master.”
“I have played the jongleur and the harlequin so strongly that it seemed that I could do nothing more beyond what had already been achieved.”
“West African jongleur Gabin Dabiré is from Burkina Faso, which is bounded by the Sahara Desert and coastal rain forest.”
“But how is this to be done, and which of my little court dare attempt this tour de jongleur with any chance of success?”
“But, as we have seen, the poet was not necessarily noble, many of them being children of furriers, or notaries, or clerks; the jongleur could have been taught by a poet from the middle class.”
“I was not born a jongleur; I didn't suddenly turn up as I am now, with a sudden gust from the skies and, hopla, there”
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